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3 Different Ways The Chicago Blackhawks Defense Could Look Next Year

Duncan Keith #2, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Duncan Keith #2, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports /
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Brent Seabrook #7, Chicago Blackhawks
Brent Seabrook #7, Chicago Blackhawks Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports /

The second lineup showcases a variation that allows Ian Mitchell to start the season in the AHL to give him a little more time to progress to the NHL. It also allows for Seabrook to take on a bigger role.

Keith – Boqvist
Zadorov – Murphy
de Haan – Seabrook
Seventh Defensemen: Nick Seeler

The Blackhawks have too many defensemen right now. I believe that Seabrook could play a role similar to Michal Rozsival when he was with the Blackhawks. Seabrook can be a good sixth defenseman that can help give the team a break when their star players need it.

However, Chicago’s top four is not good enough yet to hide a player like Brent Seabrook. Seabrook spent some time last season with de Haan, and the two were productive together and did not give up too many chances.

Boqvist and Keith are paired together again in this variation, so nothing new there. However, Zadorov and Murphy are rather interesting together as a pairing. The two have size and can provide a physical presence on the team’s blue line. That physical presence might be better off on two different pairings, but together they should be a great shutdown unit. The two together will help the Blackhawks on the penalty kill.

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